FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN), Wednesday: Prosecutors provided new details in the case against Fresno Fashion Fair Mall shooting. City leaders are making moves to keep the city safe. mallSafe for customers and employees
According to prosecutors, Gang disputes were the cause of the most recent gunfire in a series violent incidents.
Police hope that by simply showing up, they can help calm things down.
Vincent Romo is the only person facing charges in relation to an April 17 gunfight at Fashion Fair Mall.
Prosecutors claim that they don’t believe the Dinuba 19-year-old was the shooter. However, he is a gang member who knew what was going to happen when he went into the courtroom. mallWith Brandon Soto and Angel Burciaga
“He and two other fellow gang members drove to the city of Fresno, went to a very public location within the city of Fresno where their understanding should’ve been they would be confronted with rival gang members,”Ismail Aliyev, deputy district attorney. “Effectively, they were looking for a fight.”
They got into a fight and when someone opened fire, panic erupted. mall.
Some employees at the mallThey tell us that they feel unsafe after four gun crimes within the last seven month, and a fifth crime in which suspects broke the glass at an jewelry store. The crashing glass was mistakenly thought to be gunfire.
They have collected nearly 700 signatures for a change.org petition calling for increased safety measures, including possibly metal detectors.
Tyler Maxwell, Fresno City Councilmember has taken note.
“When we have gun violence at a prominent place like Fashion Fair, it’s really drawn to our attention,”He said. “It’s not necessarily indicative of an overall trend at the mall, but we’re still taking it very seriously.”
The police presence has increased around the mallIn the short term.
Maxwell plans to meet next week with his office, police and the mallThe employees and management of the company.
“The purpose of this meeting is to figure out what is the long term solution,”Maxwell, Councilmember “Are we going to increase police presence overall at the mall? Are we going to take additional measures? What is the mall going to do on their end to increase their private security.”
Burciaga, Soto have not been arrested by police yet.
Romo pleaded not guilt Wednesday and is currently being held on a $300,000. Bail.
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